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The city of Rock Island is closer to getting its new police station.

The current police station is more than 70 years old and can only provide half the space the department said it needs.

The city council made progress in two areas last night toward making the new station a reality.

It officially bought the land for $730,000 where the new station will be built.

It also awarded a $1.1 million contract to an architect who said he should have a rough sketch of what the building could look like within 90 days. "

It's nice to see progress being made," Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen said. "This is actual tangible results that we can see now and it means a lot to the citizens of Rock Island. Not only will they have a modern facility, but one that's better equipped to deal with the problems the city faces."

In all, the city council estimates this will be a more than $16 million project. It plans on paying for it through the city's gaming fund and bonds.